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No-Bake Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

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A cheesecake infused with lemon curd, has a Graham cracker crust, and a mountain of toasted meringue — try my No-Bake Lemon Meringue Cheesecake recipe!


Hi Bold Bakers!

Now that spring has sprung, I’m busting out some seriously fresh and easy lemon recipes! My Lemon Meringue Cheesecake recipe has it all and then some, like a crunchy Graham cracker crust, a rich cheesecake filling infused with my homemade Microwave Lemon Curd, and it’s all topped off with a monumental amount of toasted meringue!

What Pie Crust Recipe Should I Use?

I’m using my Homemade Graham Crackers to make the crust. I simply blitz them in my food processor until I have fine crumbs. Feel free to use a mix of graham cracker and ginger snaps for an extra layer of flavor. If you’d like you can also use digestives, Shortbread Cookies, or any plain cookie.

Can I Use Store-Bought Lemon Curd?

Lemon curd is a key ingredient in this recipe. The curd adds lemony flavor, thickness, and color. You can use store bought lemon curd but I HIGHLY suggest you give one of my Homemade Lemon Curd recipes a try! From my traditional Lemon Curd to a MICROWAVE Lemon Curd, and even an egg-free Vegan Lemon Curd, I have you covered!

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Do I Have to Heat Treat Meringue?

If you have any doubts about working with egg whites, have no fear, this recipe includes a step for heat treating them. This is OPTIONAL, you can go about making meringue using uncooked egg whites if uncooked eggs are safe to eat where you live. The trick to heat treating the egg whites, though, is to take your time and keep them over super low heat, allowing them to just get nice and warm (around 160°f — and hot to the touch).

How do I store Lemon Meringue Cheesecake?

To store the Lemon Meringue Cheesecake I like to cover it with cling wrap and keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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Tips and Tricks to making Lemon Meringue Cheesecake:

  • Butter, then line your pie tin with 2-3 layers of cling wrap or baking paper. The butter helps the lining adhere to the tin and allows you to easily lift the pie out of the tin once it’s set.
  • When making the filling, start with room temperature cream cheese.
  • Cream of tartar will stabilize the meringue, however, if you do not have it you can continue without it.
  • Use large eggs to make sure you have the right amount of meringue to top your pie.
  • The weight of an egg white is 40 grams, so if you need to weigh them to be precise, that is always helpful
  • This cheesecake can be made ahead and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days before topping with the meringue topping.

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No-Bake Lemon Meringue Cheesecake Recipe
Prep Time
35 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

This cheesecake is infused with lemon curd, has a Graham cracker crust, and a mountain of toasted meringue — you cannot go wrong with my No-Bake Lemon Meringue Cheesecake recipe!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 slices
Author: Gemma Stafford
Ingredients
For the cookie crust:
Lemon Cheesecake Filling
  • 1 1/2 cups (12oz/340g) cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup (4oz/115g) lemon curd (homemade or store bought)
  • 1/3 cup (2 ½ floz/71ml) heavy whipping cream
  • Zest of 2 lemon
Meringue Topping
  • 4 (about 160g) egg whites , large
  • 2/3 cup (5oz/142g) sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar*
Instructions
For the crust:
  1. Butter and line a 9-inch pie tin with cling wrap, leaving extra hanging off the sides. This will ensure you can easily remove the pie crust from the tin.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine the cookie crumbs and the melted butter well together. Transfer the crust mixture into your prepared pie tin and press along the base and up the sides using your fingertips. Place in the fridge while you make the filling. 

Lemon Cheesecake Filling:
  1. Using a stand mixer or an electric hand mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth and there are no lumps. 

  2. Next add in the lemon curd, cream, and lemon zest, and continue whipping until the filling becomes stiff. 

  3. Pour the cheesecake filling into the prepared pie shell and smooth out with a spatula. Cover and place in the fridge while you make the meringue topping. (I like to leave this in the fridge for around 5-6 hours minimum to firm up) 

Meringue Topping:
  1. Place a heat safe bowl on top of a simmering pot of water, but make sure the bowl is not touching the water.

  2. In the bowl add in the egg whites, sugar, and pinch of cream of tartar* (see Tips and Tricks list) 

  3. Gently whisk the mixture until it is hot to the touch, about 2-3 minutes. Heating this mix will 'cook' the eggs and will make them safe to eat.   

  4. Next, using a stand mixer or an electric hand mixer whisk the egg mixture on medium-high speed for about 5 minutes OR until the frosting holds medium peaks when lifted from the bowl.

  5. Pile the meringue high on top of your cheesecake. 

  6. If you have a kitchen torch, you can lightly toast the surface of the meringue by moving the flame continuously in small circles over the surface until the frosting is lightly browned. Also, you can quickly toast it under the grill/broiler.

  7. Serve straight away or keep covered and stored in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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Recipe Notes

Cream of Tartar: See Tips and Tricks list

 

 

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  1. Mercy on July 31, 2019 at 9:41 am

    This really is a perfect recipe, it has all the advantages for a quick but flavour filled dessert! I’m always glad to see recipes that don’t involve an oven as well as ones that involve low cost and readily available ingredients! :). Also saw your banana cream pie recipe which looks just as easy and as delicious! Thanks so much Gemma, I always refer your website and videos to my friends :).

    Mercy

    • Gemma Stafford on August 3, 2019 at 5:44 pm

      I’m thrilled to hear that, Mercy! Thanks so much for trying it out and updating me.

      Best,
      Gemma.

  2. Gwen on April 28, 2019 at 11:07 am

    I don’t have a kitchen torch. Can I make this without the meringue topping? Since you didn’t add any sugar into the filling, would it taste too sour if I don’t put meringue?

    • Gemma Stafford on April 28, 2019 at 6:37 pm

      Absolutely you can leave it off and it will be still really good. Serve it with whipped cream on top instead.

      Also you can toast the meringue under a grill really fast.

      Best,
      Gemma.

  3. Konstantina on April 23, 2019 at 6:46 am

    Hi Gemma,
    Great recipe !!! I would like to make this cheesecake for a family dinner, but I would have to store it in the fridje for a few hours. Would it be better to burn the meringue before I refridgerate it or burn it right before we eat it??

    • Gemma Stafford on April 23, 2019 at 4:13 pm

      Hi, great question, i would suggest doing that right before serving.

    • Dana Chiu on April 23, 2019 at 5:11 pm

      I made this on Saturday and after it cooled completely and was room temperature, I put in cake keeper and refrigerated. There was NO weeping of the meringue the next day and it was very stable. The best meringue I’ve tried so far.

      • Gemma Stafford on April 23, 2019 at 8:45 pm

        I’m thrilled to hear that. Mine was the same. One of my favorite desserts.

        Gemma.

  4. Wes Gordon on April 20, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Hi Gemma,

    I had great success with your Irish Soda Bread recipe, I thought I would give this cheesecake recipe a shot. Thought I would make it for Easter, and the two birthdays we are going to celebrate the same day. Both people having birthdays adore cheesecake. This looked both easy and tasty. Thus far I have the cheesecake filled and setting in the refrigerator. In making the filling I used your microwave lemon curd recipe. By itself, it tastes amazing. I could definitely see that on a scone. As per the cheesecake recipe I added 1/3 cup of curd but found the lemon taste a bit underwhelming so I added more and more curd until I found I had added the whole amount I had made. That really made the flavor come alive. My question is, will adding the extra curd affect the way the cake sets at all? Thanks Gemma.

    • Gemma Stafford on April 21, 2019 at 3:34 am

      Hi Wes,
      haha! that will be a good hit of lemon so!
      I think it will not affect the set as the curd will also set up on its own. Go forth and celebrate, it sounds like you are gonig to have a great day,
      Gemma 🙂

  5. Dana Chiu on April 18, 2019 at 10:04 am

    Does the meringue tend to weep at all? I want to make this only use just homemade lemon curd for the filling. Wondering if I should make meringue FIRST then the curd so that I’m ready to top the hot curd with the meringue to prevent weeping…any suggestions are greatly appreciate!!

    • Gemma Stafford on April 19, 2019 at 5:13 am

      Hi Dana,
      the secret to stopping the meringue weeping is to heat the sugar so that it ‘cooks’ the egg white as it is being added. see this one too (https://www.biggerbolderbaking.com/lemon-meringue-pie/). Add the sugar gradually too, this really helps,
      Gemma 🙂

  6. Vicki L Cleghorn on April 13, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    When you make meringue are you using egg whites from eggs that have come to room temperature?

    • Gemma Stafford on April 13, 2019 at 7:58 pm

      Yes Vicki I always use room temperature egg whites because they whip up much better. You can put them in a baggie and pop that in warm water if you need them in a hurry.

      Best,
      Gemma.

  7. Oriana Heremans on April 12, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Gonna try it so soon !
    Ijust wonder one thing : would it be great with Biscoffs ? They’re very cinnamon-y, I wonder if they would work well with the lemon ( i never tried lemon with cinnamon )

    • Gemma Stafford on April 12, 2019 at 4:52 pm

      YUM, that’s a great idea, yes!

      • Oriana Heremans on April 24, 2019 at 1:29 pm

        So I did your recipe of the lemon curd – and it was a total success – yesterday to have it fresh for today, and today I did the cheesecake with the meringue and it was absolutely delicious !

        • Gemma Stafford on April 25, 2019 at 1:32 am

          Hi there,
          YES! I am delighted you had success with this recipe.
          Lemon curd is such a useful thing to have on hand, you can make a really quick dessert with this gorgeous thing. Try it too with meringue, as in a pavlova/roulade, a great way to use up the egg whites, a perfect balance!
          thank you for being in touch,
          Gemma 🙂

  8. Annette Thivierge on April 11, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    Would whipped cream be as good instead of meringue? I’ve never cared for meringue–the texture bothers me, (maybe it comes from my dad calling them calf slobbers lol 🙂 )

    • Gemma Stafford on April 12, 2019 at 4:49 am

      Hi Annette,
      every day here one comment makes me laugh out loud! Haha, today it was your dad! Sounds like my dad, tell it like it kinda guy!
      Yes, and we commonly used cream with this type of pie too, it is equally delicious.
      Thank you for being in touch,
      Gemma 🙂

    • Lee on April 13, 2019 at 2:09 pm

      Annette, that is hysterical…BTW I grew up on a farm with milking cows !!!!

  9. Helen on April 11, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    I love your baking I’m in Australia vacant wait for more recipes

    • Gemma Stafford on April 12, 2019 at 4:45 am

      Hi Helen,
      Thank you for your kind words.
      Good to have you with us in Australia. I understand the summer was hot hot hot! I bet it is great not to turn on the oven in the heat!
      Gemma 🙂

  10. Align Tom on April 11, 2019 at 8:36 am

    Yay! Recipe for Easter!! ❤️
    Thank you Gemma!

    • Gemma Stafford on April 12, 2019 at 4:16 am

      Haha! yes, it is that time of year for sure,
      Gemma <3

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